EX.356 The Hour: Abstract turntablism, Arcadia, Pinch

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    1 Jun 2017
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    129 MB
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  • In this episode, we cover golden-era dubstep, Arcadia's outlandish festival design and using turntables for sound art.
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  • This month's show kicks off with Pinch telling the story behind an essential track of dubstep's first wave, "Qawwali" [01.49]. Carlos Hawthorn dons a blindfold and takes a ride to the secret headquarters of Arcadia Spectacular. The performance art collective cooks up breathtaking designs for festivals like Glastonbury and Ultra. Their most famous construction is probably the Spider, a 50 tonne arachnid built from scrap metal and armed with an arsenal of lasers, cannons and a huge Funktion-One soundsystem [08.35]. While you may be familiar with DJ tricks like beat juggling and flaring, abstract turntablism is another beast altogether. Double-headed needles, placing objects on the vinyl and hitting the turntable itself are just some of the techniques involved in using the turntable as a tool to make sound art. Max Pearl looks into the esoteric practice with one of its finest modern exponents, Maria Chavez [30.08]. Producer / Martha Pazienti Caidan
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  • Tracklist
      Prayer - Alone [Grade 10] Pinch - Qawwali [Planet Mu] Basement Jaxx - Fly Life Xtra [Atlantic Jaxx] Alan Fitzpatrick - Truant [Cocoon Recordings] Lemzly Dale - No Long Talk (Kahn & Neek remix) [Fabriclive] Roni Size ft DJ Die - It's a Jazz Thing [V Recordings] Kareem Lotfy - Fr3sh [PAN] M.E.S.H. - Exasthrus [PAN] Oli XL - Heretic [PAN] Sky H1 - Huit [PAN] N-Prolenta - Rush (a humor) [Purple Tape Pedigree] Young Thug - Best Friend (Waterhouse orchestral edit)